The Arrow season 5 finale featured the last stand-off with Oliver’s most formidable enemy yet, Prometheus. That battle required all hands on deck, including another ruthless enemy from the Green Arrow’s past, Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). The final episode ended on a cliffhanger, with the island Lian Yu exploding and potentially taking the lives of much of Team Arrow, though we have some ideas of who will be back for season 6.
Slade, aka Deathstroke, will be featured in episodes 5 and 6 of the new season. The flashback-heavy narrative will reveal more about Slade’s past, including how he ended up on Lian Yu in the first place. The story will also focus on Oliver helping Slade find his son, Joe Wilson (Liam Hall), who is currently trapped in a Kasnian prison under the alias Kane Wolfman.
Filming for Arrow season 6 began back in July, so it’s no surprise that filming has commenced on Bennett’s role in the upcoming episodes. The actor took to Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes photo of himself in the make-up chair, which you can see below, his character Slade’s face spattered in blood. Interestingly, it’s focused in the area of the eye he lost in a battle with one of Oliver’s arrows, though this is clearly a flashback to before his friendship with the future Green Arrow.
Slade’s past includes a stint in the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), which his son also later joined up with. This seems to be one way that the flashbacks will tie in with the present, and in keeping with Arrow tradition, will likely reveal a connection between Slade’s former actions and his son’s current predicament. Season 6 will also be exploring Oliver’s new relationship with his son, and it’s not tough to see how a “sins of the father” narrative could help tie these two frenemies’ situations together.
Deathstroke has always been one of the most interesting characters on the show, and Arrow fans should enjoy getting more in-depth with his history. While there will likely be some emotional moments in the two-episode arc, Bennett’s Instagram pic indicates there will still be some intense action and the badassery we’ve come to expect from the character. Hopefully the upcoming story also leaves room for future appearances from Slade.
Arrow season 6 premieres Thursday, October 12 @9pm on The CW.
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